I Am Love
(Io sono l’amore)
With Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini.
Italy, 2009, 35mm, color, 120 min.
Italian, Russian & English with English subtitles.
Meticulously composed yet unexpectedly vibrant and kinetic, the images of I Am Love radiate with the emotions of its characters, the Recchis, a wealthy family whose well-manicured lives are thrown into disarray by startling passion. Tilda Swinton, who developed the film with Guadagnino for over a decade, stars as Emma, the wife and mother at the center of the maelstrom, the source and victim of the film's disruptive sexual energy. The Milanese scion’s trophy wife, Emma begins to notice significant cracks in her carefully constructed world when she discovers that her daughter is a lesbian and that she herself has developed a forbidden lust for Antonio, a friend of her eldest son. The social melodrama that follows is pure Visconti, while the unabashedly Romantic celebration of food, sex and nature recalls the most sensuous moments from the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul.